United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgUnited Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUnited Bank of Africa Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services to the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service product offering ranging from transactional accounts, overdrafts and mortgage finance to domiciliary deposits, treasury services, asset management services, bonds, money market deposits and risk management solutions. United Bank of Africa Plc supports the agricultural sector through an agricultural credit support scheme which includes agro processing, an outgrowers scheme, equipment and mechanisation scheme and a tree crops replacement scheme. Founded in 1948, the company now has an extensive network of some 1 000 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. United Bank of Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Investing in UK shares isn’t gambling. I reckon you could still make a million though

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Investing in UK shares isn’t gambling. I reckon you could still make a million though I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Harvey Jones | Monday, 24th August, 2020 center_img Enter Your Email Address I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard people say that investing in UK shares is just like gambling. They say it’s like playing the slot machines or some online gaming app, because you never know which stocks will win, and which will lose.There are some similarities, I admit. Investing in UK shares can be risky. Success is not guaranteed. Winners and losers are hard to identify in advance. But here’s one big difference. You almost certainly won’t make a million on the Lottery or via slot machines. You could make it on the stock market, though, and with only average luck.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Too many investors approach investing in UK shares as if they were at the racetrack or in Vegas. They look to make a killing. Inevitably, disappointment ensues. Every start-up dreams of being the next Apple or Amazon, but for each that succeeds, countless thousands fail.Don’t gamble, investIf you go trawling through the message boards looking for the next big thing, or take tips from a friend who knows, then yes, you are taking a massive punt. That’s not how I would invest in UK shares. Instead, I would start by building a balanced portfolio of relatively low-risk FTSE 100 stocks. If I had, say, £5k to invest, I would spread it between five blue-chips to generate capital growth and dividend income. If one or two disappoint, the others will hopefully compensate by powering on. You should never invest with the aim of getting rich quick. It’s not going to happen. Done properly, building wealth from investing in UK shares takes years, decades. You can make a million, if you stick with it. Say you invested £500 a month from age 25 and made an average total return of 6.5% a year. By age 65 you would have £1.12m.That may not be as exciting as backing a 100-1 outsider on the Grand National, but your chances of success are far greater.Here’s how I’d invest in UK sharesInvestors who try to get rich quick usually become poor – and fast. Anybody who invested £1,000 into US stock Eastman Kodak after it spiked 879.8% last month would have just £220 today. The faster they come, the harder they fall.Instead, I would search the FTSE 100 for companies that are nicely placed to withstand current pandemic uncertainty. You could start with a solid pharmaceutical stock, such as AstraZeneca or GlaxoSmithKline. I would match those with another defensive dividend stock, such as utilities National Grid or Severn Trent. Then maybe a consumer income and growth stock, such as spirits giant Diageo, household goods firm Unilever or telecoms business Vodafone. Or try one of those boring companies you never hear about but do a marvellous job of building investor wealth, such as Ashtead Group, Bunzl, Informa, Phoenix Group Holdings or Rio Tinto.Investing in solid FTSE 100 stocks like these is a better way to make a million than having a flutter on some rank outsider you read about on a forum. I would put good money on it. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon and Apple. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, and Unilever and recommends the following options: short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon and long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Harvey Joneslast_img read more

Scouts for Trees plant 500,000th tree

first_imgScouts for Trees plant 500,000th tree 31 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 April 2008 | News Scouts for Trees, a partnership between the Woodland Trust and the Scouts Association, has resulted in 500,000 trees being planted by Scouts. Across the UK, 100 woods have been created to celebrate the Centenary of Scouting.The Woodland Trust and The Scout Association formed the ‘Scouts For Trees’ partnership so that each of the 400,000 Scouts in the UK could have the chance to plant a tree to mark the Centenary of Scouting in 2007. The initiative also provides Scouts and young people with the opportunity to learn about and engage in, woodland conservation.The tree planting campaign was funded by The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded the Woodland Trust a £200,000 grant through the Landfill Communities Fund. The grant has funded 40 planting events across the UK, with the aim of leaving an environmental legacy and giving young people the chance to develop new skills.The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Margaret Cobbold, said: “The Trust is proud to have been involved in such an important and special project. It is an excellent example of how Landfill Communities Fund can help young volunteers create a greener Britain and learn new skills in the process.”The joint venture is part of the Woodland Trust’s ‘Tree For All’ campaign, the largest children’s tree planting operation ever. It aims to involve one million children in planting twelve million trees across the UK, the equivalent to one tree for every child under the age of sixteen. Already over 4.5 million trees have been planted as part of Tree For All.www.woodland-trust.org.uk Tagged with: Fundinglast_img read more

Islamic State takes brutality towards hostages to extreme

first_img News Organisation Video apparently shows Islamic State beheading US journalist James Foley Help by sharing this information RSF_en Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law to go further August 20, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Islamic State takes brutality towards hostages to extreme Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Follow the news on Syria News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News March 12, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is appalled by yesterday’s release of a video that purportedly shows kidnapped US journalist James Foley being beheaded by the Jihadi armed group known as Islamic State or ISIS.A masked man dressed in black is seen in the video cutting the throat of a man wearing the same kind of orange jumpsuit as detainees in Guantánamo. The man in black said Foley was being executed in revenge for the recent US air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq.The White House said the US intelligence agencies were trying to verify the video’s authenticity as quickly as possible. In the same video, Islamic State threatens to execute US journalist Steven Sotloff, who was abducted in Syria in August 2013, if President Obama does not end the US air strikes in Iraq.“If the authenticity of this video claiming responsibility for James Foley’s murder is confirmed, Islamic State would seem to be pushing its brutal treatment of hostages to the extreme,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire.“Foley did not work for the US government. He was an experienced international reporter whose sole interest was to report the news, not represent his nation. We express our heartfelt condolences to his family, his father, his mother, who we know, and his friends. And we pay tribute to a man who helped us to provide support to the family of one of his friends, a photographer killed in Libya.”A veteran reporter, Foley, 40, was kidnapped near the town of Taftanaz, in northern Syria, on 22 November 2012. He covered the conflict in Libya in 2011 before going to Syria to cover the uprising against the Assad regime for the US news site GlobalPost, the French news agency AFP and other media. His is the first execution of a foreign journalist to be claimed by Islamic State, which has killed Syrian citizen-journalists in recent months.In a January 2013 interview, Foley’s mother Diane said her son was “passionate about covering the story in Syria, passionate about the people there.” In a Facebook message to supporters late yesterday, she wrote: “He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.”Three foreign journalists are still being held hostage in Syria, while four others are missing there. Armed groups are currently holding around 20 Syrian (professional and non-professional) journalists, while the Syrian authorities are holding more than 30 Syrian news providers despite the amnesty announced in June.A total of 39 professional journalists (12 of them foreigners) have been killed in connection with their work in Syria since the start of the conflict in March 2011, and 122 Syrian citizen-journalists have been killed. News February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Sarkozy betrays himself and China’s dissidents by deciding to attend opening ceremony

first_img Help by sharing this information News ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders deplores French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision, which he confirmed early today to his Chinese counterpart, to attend the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 8 August. He said he would be in Beijing’s Olympic Stadium both as president of France and as current holder of the European Union’s rotating presidency.“By taking this decision, President Sarkozy is breaking promises he gave,” the press freedom organisation said. “He clearly conditioned his attendance on the resumption of a real dialogue between the Chinese authorities and the Dalai Lama. The meetings recently held in Beijing went nowhere, and Chinese officials continue to denounce the Dalai Lama’s clique. Sarkozy is also defying opposition within the EU and the European Parliament to his attendance at the opening ceremony.”One of the Tibetan negotiators said on his return from Beijing last weekend that holding talks with the Chinese authorities before the games was “not feasible” because “they are obsessed with the Olympics.” The Tibetan government in exile suspects that the Chinese resumed negotiations solely for the sake of the Olympics.“President Sarkozy’s decision is also a stab in the back for China’s dissidents,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “Those who are in prison will not be able to count on France to help get them released early. Those who are subject to steadily increasing surveillance and harassment will have to do without the support of Sarkozy, although he took such a clear stand in their favour just two years ago.”Sarkozy wrote in his book Témoignage, published in July 2006 when he was a presidential candidate: “I am not a follower of a realpolitik in which, for the sake of higher economic interests, one must forget principles including, and above all, respect for human rights. It is not a sign of disrespect for this empire that is China to ask the Chinese about political prisoners. Saying nothing makes you an accomplice.” Where are Sarkozy’s convictions now?What place do the recently detained dissidents Hu Jia and Huang Qi have in President Sarkozy’s concerns now? Chinese human rights lawyers may often be invited to France, but no one dares to speak firmly to the Chinese government when they are arrested.No fewer than 25 Chinese journalists, bloggers and cyber-dissidents have been arrested or sentenced to imprisonment since the start of this year.“We still have a month to go before the start of the 2008 Olympic Games,” Reporters Without Borders added. “Now is the time for a massive campaign for more freedom of expression in China. We call for street demonstrations to be held outside Chinese embassies around the world while the Olympic Games opening ceremony is taking place on 8 August.” News March 12, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more July 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sarkozy betrays himself and China’s dissidents by deciding to attend opening ceremony Reporters Without Borders deplores French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision, which he confirmed early today to his Chinese counterpart, to attend the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 8 August. He said he would be in Beijing’s Olympic Stadium both as president of France and as current holder of the European Union’s rotating presidency. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Man Found Dead Slumped Over Steering Wheel of Car Is Identified

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website top box 2 Man Found Dead Slumped Over Steering Wheel of Car Is Identified Driver found Monday inside car morning at major intersection By KEVIN KENNEY Kenney, Senior Reporter Published on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 7:58 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Make a comment Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS A view of Colorado Blvd. at Sierra Madre Villa.The 43-year-old Pasadena man who died Monday morning after he was found slumped over the steering wheel of an SUV that was stopped near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa has been identified as Jesus Banuelos Jr., the L.A. County Coroner’s office told Pasadena Now on Wednesday.The cause of death remains unknown pending an autopsy, the coroner said.Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said on Monday that no foul play was suspected in the 6:15 a.m. incident.“It looks like a medical (situation),’’ Hettema told Pasadena Now at the time.Hettema said Banuelos’s car was stopped in the southbound lane of Sierra Madre Villa, two or three cars lengths before the Colorado Boulevard intersection. Apparently, he had stopped for a red light when he was stricken and remained at the spot as traffic ahead of him proceeded, Hettema said.A passerby apparently noticed the situation and phoned it into police.Hettema said that when police and paramedics arrived at the scene at about the same time, the person who had reported the incident was pounding on the SUV’s window, trying to wake the man but to no avail.Originally, it was reported that Banuelos’s car was pointing in the wrong direction – north in the southbound lane – but in fact, a Pasadena police cruiser had parked, front bumper to front bumper, against the SUV to prevent it from possibly moving forward, according to Hettema.It was not known if the SUV was running at the time emergency personnel arrived.“The paramedics got there, tried to revive him, couldn’t find a pulse and scooted him off to the hospital, where we found later that he was pronounced (dead),’’ Hettema said.center_img Top of the News HerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News 7 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

People Have Right To Know Who The Elected Representative Is Meeting Behind Closed Doors: Delhi HC Dismisses Sasikala Pushpa’s Suit Against Facebook, YouTube

first_imgNews UpdatesPeople Have Right To Know Who The Elected Representative Is Meeting Behind Closed Doors: Delhi HC Dismisses Sasikala Pushpa’s Suit Against Facebook, YouTube Mehal Jain3 Jun 2020 1:58 AMShare This – xPeople have a right to know with whom their electoral representative is meeting behind closed doors and hobnobbing with, the Delhi High Court held on Tuesday. The observation by the High Court came while dismissing with cost a plea by erstwhile AIADMK leader Sasikala Pushpa that her image was being tarnished due to uploading of her allegedly morphed photos and videos with a man, other than…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginPeople have a right to know with whom their electoral representative is meeting behind closed doors and hobnobbing with, the Delhi High Court held on Tuesday. The observation by the High Court came while dismissing with cost a plea by erstwhile AIADMK leader Sasikala Pushpa that her image was being tarnished due to uploading of her allegedly morphed photos and videos with a man, other than her husband, on social media platforms. “Since the plaintiff was a political person representing her State i.e. Tamil Nadu, in Rajya Sabha in Delhi, whether not the photographs concerning her which are admittedly not obscene but are claimed to be defamatory and showing her in the company of her political rival, constituted information which public at large has a right to know about their representatives in Parliament and how can the Court restrain such news from being disseminated”, the Court had enquired from the plaintiff. A suit was instituted in 2016 against (i) Facebook Inc., (ii) Google LLC, (iii) YouTube LLC, (iv) Union of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and (v) Union of India, Department of Telecommunications, for (a) permanent injunction restraining not only the defendants but other persons from publishing, broadcasting, distributing or disseminating in any form whatsoever any defamatory material ―including the purported photographs/video/audio messages, relating to or arising from, in connection with any alleged acts or behaviour relatable to the plaintiff; and, (b) mandatory injunction directing the defendants and all others to remove/delete the false, concocted and fabricated photographs/videos/audio messages or any other material aforesaid. “The plaintiff has not made out a case for putting her claim, of the impugned photographs being morphed, forged and fabricated, to trial…(Alternatively), Section 66-A of the IT Act was struck down in entirety, being violative of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India and not saved under Article 19(2). It thus follows that merely because any information on the internet is offensive or causes announce, inconvenience, danger etc. to a person does not entitle that person to call upon the intermediary to remove that information/content or to disable access thereto and the intermediary is not liable to do so”, opined the bench. The judgment narrates that the plaintiff along with the plaint has only filed four photographs in a sealed envelope. The first photograph appeared to be from a newspaper or a click shot of a news channel, in turn having three photo frames and one of which is of the plaintiff alone and the other two besides the plaintiff also depict a man in what appears to be a private garden of a house. The second photograph is again of the plaintiff with the said man inside a room and also shows half eaten food and an empty bottle of water. The third photograph is a repeat of one of the three frames in the first photograph. The fourth photograph is of the said man sitting on a chair and holding a cell phone with the plaintiff bending behind him and pointing something in the phone, again in a private garden of a house. “I may mention that none of the said photographs would classify as obscene or showing the plaintiff and the man in any compromising or scandalising position, though indeed show both smiling and happy in the company of each other”, observed the Single Judge. “At least in one of the frames of the first photograph, the plaintiff and the man appear to be posing for the photograph though other photographs may fall in the genre of those taken without the knowledge of the plaintiff and the man. I may clarify that the plaintiff is fully clothed in all the photographs and the man, in two of the frames of the first photograph is bare chest but which is nothing out of ordinary in the State to which the plaintiff belongs”, the Court further remarked. The Single Bench iterated that it was further informed, though again not pleaded, that the man shown in the photographs along with the plaintiff belongs to DMK Party, a political rival of AIADMK Party to which the plaintiff belongs and is a member of; that the plaintiff is married to another person, and that though the photographs did not qualify as obscene but they were in the circumstances of the political rivalry and the plaintiff being married to another man, qualify as defamatory and pose a threat to the membership of the plaintiff of Rajya Sabha as a nominee of AIADMK. “It was contended that the photographs were not genuine. Alternatively, it was argued that the photographs even if were held to be genuine and taken with the consent of the plaintiff, uploading thereof on the social media platforms violated the privacy of the plaintiff”, reads the judgment. The bench proceeded to comment that the factum of the plaintiff belonging to AIADMK Party, a regional political party of the State of Tamil Nadu and though as per own averments is widely known in the State of Tamil Nadu in comparison to Delhi, having instituted this suit not in Tamil Nadu where the plaintiff has a reputation but in Delhi where the plaintiff does not enjoy the reputation as claimed to be enjoyed by her in Tamil Nadu also shows an attempt of the plaintiff to not allow the subject litigation itself to become news in Tamil Nadu and to surreptitiously obtain the order for removal of undesirable content from the internet. Besides, it attracted the attention of the judge that the plaintiff responded in the negative when it was enquired whether not the said man who also figured in the photographs was a necessary party to the present suit, and whether not the man shown in the photographs had an equal stake in removal or not wanting removal of the photographs and how could this Court direct removal equivalent to obliteration of photographs showing persons other than the plaintiff, without hearing the said person/s. Conclusions of the Court The bench framed the following questions for adjudication- (A) Whether the suit is entitled to be put to trial on the plea of the plaintiff, of the four photographs aforesaid, as well as other photographs verbally argued to have been put on the internet, being not genuine and being morphed, forged and fabricated; and, (B) If the above question is answered in favour of the plaintiff, whether the claim of the plaintiff against the defendants, for removal of the said photographs from the internet and/or for blocking of the access to the said photographs is required to be put to trial. “I hold the plaintiff to be failing in both the questions above”, held the Judge, explaining the reasons therefor as under- (I) “As far as the claim of the plaintiff, of the impugned photographs showing the plaintiff with a man, having been morphed, forged and fabricated is concerned, the same, on a reading of the plaint is found to be half-hearted, vague and without the requisite particulars”, reflected the bench. It was noted that there is not a whisper in the plaint of what is argued. “Once the plaintiff has described herself as a politician and an elected representative of the people i.e. a public persona, mere presence of a man, even if other than the husband of the plaintiff, alongside the plaintiff in photographs, can by no standard of a reasonable person be said to be defamatory of the plaintiff, as the plaintiff in the course of her political journey is bound to come in contact not only with women but also men. Thus, the photographs of the plaintiff, I repeat, a politician, with a man other than husband, can by any stretch of imagination be considered by any person of average intellect and moral standard, to be lowering the esteem in which the plaintiff is held or as tarnishing the image of the plaintiff”, it was concluded. (II) “Had the photographs been morphed / fabricated, the plaintiff would have pleaded the identity of the person, described the reason for the plaintiff and the said man being together in a house, given the address of the house depicted in the photographs, pleaded that others also were present on the occasion and who had been deleted from the photographs or pleaded that the plaintiff had never met the said man or that the face of the man had been placed on the body of another man, in the photographs or that the body of the female shown in the photographs was not hers and only her face had been added on body of some other woman or given such like particulars”, expounded the Court, continuing to add that the plaintiff has not pleaded any such thing, and rather, while invoking the territorial jurisdiction of this Court, it is pleaded that the house shown in the photographs was the plaintiff’s residence at Delhi. (III) “Not only are the pleas of the photographs being morphed vague as aforesaid but the half-hearted nature thereof is also evident from the alternative plea of the plaintiff, of the same even if genuine, being liable to be removed / blocked for the reason of being defamatory of the plaintiff and which aspect will be discussed hereunder”, stated the bench. (IV) The bench found another reason for which the claim of the plaintiff of the photographs being morphed, forged and fabricated does not deserve to be put to trial i.e. the reason of non-joinder of necessary parties. The plaintiff has instituted the suit only against Facebook Inc., Google LLC and YouTube LLC which are but the electronic platforms on which the photographs has been uploaded and who as per the pleas in the written statement are intermediaries / search engine within the meaning of Section 2(1)(w) of the IT Act and of which pleas in their written statement, there is no denial neither by filing a replication nor during the hearing. For a plaintiff to succeed on a plea of morphing, forgery or fabrication of photographs, the alleged forger / fabricator or the person who has morphed the photographs, is necessary party and without the said person, no finding of the photographs being morphed, forged and fabricated can be returned. (V) The counsel for the plaintiff stated that the person who morphed, forged and fabricated the photographs was not impleaded because his/her identity was not known. Upon being reminded that the law provides a recourse thereto by impleading the unknown person as John Doe / Ashok Kumar and by seeking disclosure of identity thereof from the electronic platforms, it was stated that the steps in that regard will be taken but nothing wss done in this direction. “It is not the function of the Court to make out a case for the plaintiff”, said the judge. (VI) “Ordinarily if the photographs showing the plaintiff with a man, according to the plaintiff had been morphed, forged and fabricated and the plaintiff was suing for relief on the said basis, the first person to be impleaded would have been the subject man inasmuch as it is that man only who was best in a position to comment on the genuineness of the photographs”, the bench observed. It remarked that from the failure/refusal of the plaintiff to implead the said man as defendant to the suit, adverse inference arises against the plaintiff i.e. that the plea of the plaintiff, of the photographs showing her with the said man are morphed, forged and fabricated, is untrue and false. (VII) As to whether the plaintiff alone is entitled to seek the relief of removal from an electronic platform and/or obstruction of the access thereto of a photograph, even if genuine, showing the plaintiff with another man, the judge was of the view that the said another is a necessary and proper party, inasmuch as obliteration of the content affects the rights of said another also. “It is not the case of the plaintiff that the plaintiff had agreed to being photographed with the said man on the condition that the said photograph will not be published. It is also not the case that the photographs were surreptitiously taken without the consent of the plaintiff. Rather, it is also not the case that the photographs are of the private life of the plaintiff”, expressed the bench, adding that without making out any case, the Court has been approached on the premise that any content on the internet pertaining to the plaintiff is removable at the asking of the plaintiff. (VIII) The court noted that Section 66-A of the IT Act was struck down in entirety, being violative of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India and not saved under Article 19(2). “It thus follows that merely because any information on the internet is offensive or causes announce, inconvenience, danger etc. to a person does not entitle that person to call upon the intermediary to remove that information/content or to disable access thereto and the intermediary is not liable to do so”, opined the bench. (IX) The judgment reads that it was only during the hearing that the reason why the said photographs are perceived to be tarnishing her, image and defaming her have been disclosed i.e. of the plaintiff being married to another man and the man shown in the photographs belonging to a rival political party. However, the said disclosure during the hearing cannot take the place of a pleading and thus it was held that the plea of defamation, in the context and facts concerning the plaintiff, is vague and without any particulars. (X)However, even if what is disclosed in the arguments were to be considered, the photographs cannot be said to be violating the privacy of the plaintiff or defamatory of the plaintiff. “…this Court is required to balance the right claimed by the plaintiff of privacy qua whom she meets at her residence, has to be balanced with the right of the public to know the identity of the person whom the plaintiff meets and hobnobs with, behind closed doors”, articulated the bench. (XI) Finally, the Single Judge proceeded to observe that the plaintiff, as a representative of people and whether performing executive function or functions as a Legislator, would be issuing orders / directions and/or participate in law making, regulating the conduct of human beings and in the said context the electorate has a right to know of the behind curtains meetings of the plaintiff with a man other than her husband and particularly a man belonging to a political party which the plaintiff, before the public criticises or opposes in the elections. If such meetings with member of a rival political party, which the plaintiff wants to remain hidden from the public, are not of interest to the public for the purposes of maintaining purity of administration and law making, little else would qualify as of public interest. The plaintiff, of course cannot be permitted to publicly oppose and criticise a political party to whose members she is otherwise close. Or, at least public has an interest in knowing the true state of affairs. “For the said balancing act, no trial is required”, it was declared. The Court found the plaintiff to not be entitled to any order against Facebook Inc., Google LLC and YouTube LLC to remove the photographs and/or to block access to them. The suit was accordingly dismissed with costs payable equally to Facebook Inc. on the one hand and Google LLC and YouTube LLC together on the other hand, of Rs.2 lacs each.Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment]Next Storylast_img read more

Georgia police officer dies weeks after he was shot in the face in the line of duty

first_imgGeorgia Bureau of Investigation(ATLANTA) — A Georgia police officer died Friday morning, weeks after he was shot in the face in the line of duty, his department said.Henry County Police officer Michael Smith, who was shot on Dec. 6, died Friday morning at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital due to complications from his injuries, the Henry County Police Department said.“I want to thank the public for all their thoughts and prayers,” Henry County Police Chief Mark Amerman said. “Please continue to pray for Michael’s family during these difficult times.”Smith was injured after responding to a disturbance at a dentist’s office on Dec. 6.Smith arrived and spoke with the suspect, Dimaggio McNelly, but “at some point the subject became combative,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Natalie Ammons told reporters that day.Smith deployed his Taser multiple times, but it wasn’t effective, she said.A struggle broke out when McNelly lunged at the officer, Ammons said, and one shot was fired.With that one shot, both Smith and McNelly were struck, Ammons said.It was not clear whose finger was on the trigger, Ammons said at the time. That remains under investigation, Nelly Miles of the GBI said Friday.McNelly was killed, Ammons said, while Smith was shot in the face and hospitalized.Smith had been with the department for seven years.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Plant form, tiller dynamics and above-ground standing crops of the range of Cortaderia pilosa communities in the Falkland Islands

first_imgCortaderia pilosa is the dominant pasture species in the Falkland Islands. Extensive sheep ranching for wool production is the primary land use, but present range management grossly under-utilizes the annual production of this grass. (2) Plant form varies from tussocks of several hundred tillers to sparse tillers in less favourable sites where tussocks do not form. Tussock plants had large vegetative tillers and more reproductive tillers than plants from a non-tussocky pasture. Flowering is sporadic and shows great annual variation. (3) At any one time, four green leaves were usually present on a mature C. pilosa tiller. Leaves showed considerable longevity and only about four leaves per tiller were produced annually, during October-April. (4) Variations in plant growth form result in large differences in above-ground standing crop. The decline in standing crop in spring, when conditions were favourable for plant growth, is explained.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 12/9/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONL.A. Clippers 110, Indiana 99Boston 110, Cleveland 88Toronto 93, Chicago 92Sacramento 119, Houston 118Milwaukee 110, Orlando 101Detroit 105, New Orleans 103Phoenix 125, Minnesota 109Oklahoma City 104, Utah 90Memphis 110, Golden State 102NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUENY Islanders 5, Tampa Bay 1Columbus 5, Washington 2Ottawa 5, Boston 2Calgary 5, Colorado 4 — OTNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEPhiladelphia 23, NY Giants 17 — OTCopyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by December 10, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/9/19center_img Beau Lundlast_img